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The Importance of Pet Identification


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If you’re an animal lover, you probably have a pet or a few pets at home. It is very important for your pet to have some form of identification. Whether it be a microchip, a license (these tags are registered with the city of wherever you live and can be linked back to the owner), or a pet tag with your address and phone number. Should they ever get out by accident, they need a way to be identified so they can be returned to their home.

You should have more than one form of identification for your pet, one permanent and one visible. A microchip is good for in case your pet’s collar falls off. A pet tag is the easiest way to alert someone of the animals’ owner. It should have their name, your address and your phone number(s). A cell phone number is best, so while you are out you won’t miss a call.

Key findings of a national lost pet survey, from Huffington Post:

  • Only 15 percent of pet guardians reported a lost dog or cat in the past five years.
  • Percentages of lost dogs versus lost cats were nearly identical: 14 percent for dogs and 15 percent for cats.
  • 93 percent of dogs and 75 percent of cats reported lost were returned safely to their homes.
  • Only 6 percent of dog owners and 2 percent of cat owners found their lost pets at shelters.
  • 15 percent of dogs were found because they were sporting identification tags or microchips.

Tips to help you find your lost pet:

  • Contact local animal shelters and file a lost pet report, visit the shelters daily or have a family member visit for you.
  • Search close to your home first.
  • Walk around your neighbourhood, asking everyone you pass by if they’ve seen your pet. Make sure they know not to approach or chase your pet, you don’t want them to get scared farther away. Have them call you with the location that your pet was last seen. Have them check their garages, backyards and under porches.
  • Put up waterproof posters around your neighbourhood, make sure they are larger than regular size papers so they stand out.
  • Advertise through the internet: Facebook, Kijiji, etc. Nowadays, there are many Facebook pages for your specific area, and even lost-pet pages. Post your lost pet in these groups.
  • Don’t give up on your search. Animals that have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.

Do you have any other tips for finding a lost pet? Tips may vary based on the type of animal that is lost.

At Things Engraved, we carry many different styles of pet tags that can be engraved. If you’re looking to purchase one, here are a few to choose from:


Stainless Steel Pet Tag


Pink Jewel Bone Pet Tag


Black Heart Pet Tag







The great thing about our pet tags is that the engraving is INCLUDED in the price! To make a purchase, visit our website or find it in a store near you.

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Spoil Your Dog Day – August 10


I don’t know if this is a REAL day or if it was something made up by your dog (if you google it, it does seem ‘sorta’ real). BUT what the heck! I say let’s have a spoil your dog day…even though, if you are a dog owner, everyday is likely to be spoil your pooch day anyway.

I was looking for ideas on how to spoil your dog for the very special sorta-real day. You can find all sorts of things like dog spas, dog gourmet food, dog outfits. Other than the food option, my dog would likely scoff at those fantastical ideas. He is a simple sort (and by simple, I also mean “not all there”).

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His name is Cooper and he is a 11.5 year old golden retriever. I decided to interview him to see what sorts of fun he would like us to get up to on his special probably-made-up event:

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He was supposed to be in “wait” but his tongue just couldn’t do it!

It goes without saying, dogs love food. Gourmet, not gourmet, leftovers, heck even the stuff you are tossing into the recycling can will do! But if we are going to get specific, Cooper would like to offer these suggestions: wieners (cut up or not, doesn’t matter), cheese (cut up or not doesn’t matter), peanut butter (preferably spread very thick on a sweet chunk of bread).

Okay, I know what you are thinking…these are not exactly vet approved treats. But let’s be honest…this is SPOIL your dog day…on a spoil YOU day, do you stick with brussel sprouts and kale? No, you do not. Bring on the bacon! Or this gourmet, likely healthy, dog cookie he got at the spa (okay, I do splurge on this stuff once in a while).


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Humans call it petting, belly rubbing, patting, scratching. It’s all good. It’s a massage, and Cooper suggests you do it ALL over, for a LONG time. Please.






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Cooper is a golden retriever and thus he LOVES water. Hitting the lake, laying in a wading pool, running on the beach. It’s all good. But even simpler is spraying a hose at him. He is easy to please and my lawn gets a drink at the same time. PLUS I can do it all while sitting in a deck chair sipping a beverage that is definitely NOT water.



Car Rides

Cooper says, and I quote, “I don’t even care where we are going. If you say “car ride” in that excited voice, I am ALL over that business.” (Same with whispering “where’s the squirrel?” by the way).

But if you want to actually add an adventure to the car ride, how about a short drive to a local trail or lake. Don’t forget to bring along some extra water for your pooch, and mostly, do NOT forget some poop bags. As one dog owner to another, this one is VERY important. PLEASE DON’T LEAVE POOP LAYING AROUND (I think our feelings on this one are clear enough).

NO Car ride photo available because I always forget to take one!

Dog Parks
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This dog swim for charity. It was also chaos, we kept losing the dog in the crowd, he even escaped thru a fence at one point, so we now just mail in a yearly donation and skip it. It was cute though.

It is becoming more and more popular for communities to build dog parks so your pooch can get some off leash fun into their week. I personally have some very mixed feelings about them. In a perfect world, where all dog owners are well trained, and all dogs have good manners, they are a fantastic idea.

But it’s not a perfect world and I have witnessed some unpleasant behaviours (mostly from the humans) in these dog parks, so we tend to stay away. If you do decide to give them a go, just like you would for a child on a public playground, you need to remain attentive to your dog the entire time, and be ready to step in to help keep them safe, or keep them from hurting others, if need be.

Okay, I realize I am getting bossy here with the whole poop bag thing and dog park rules. Cooper truly felt it was important to address this because it is not much of a fun Spoil Your Dog day when you have poop on your feet and a misbehaving dog/owner giving you trouble at the park.


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Not good at sharing with friends.



Last but not least, are tennis balls. They are the winning dog toy of ALL.TIME. They are fun to bounce, catch, carry, bury and chew on until they are falling apart (at which time I have to be a responsible mom and take it away). Have more than one so you don’t have to share. Sharing is for humans.


Spoil Your Dog Day – What’s In It for YOU?

The true reasons behind having a dog is that they love you unconditionally, always, no matter how bad your breath smells or how messy your house is…all the time. They are the DEFINITION of unconditional love. And they are  hilarious! They bring something silly and fun into every single day. We all know the best medicine is laughter and your dog is ready to provide it!

If you want to show your love of your dog to OTHER humans, we have a few great ideas. How about one of our very popular dog tags? Fancy or simple, depending on the personality of your dog, you can show the world how awesome you think they are. My personal favourite is always the “Good Kisser” tag.

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Good Kisser Tag

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Best Friend Tag

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Black Dog Tag


What if you are not the dog lover, but someone special to you IS? We have some gift ideas that are sure to please.

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Dog Hair Frame

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Dog Key Chain

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Photo Engraving

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Spoil Your Dog day, we know your fur baby will love anything that you do, as long as you are together.


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Shop to spoil YOUR dog on our website or in a store near you.

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Remake of Fun vs. Effort – Graph of Pets


In 2013, College Humour posted their “Graph of Pets” (see here).  Since then people have been discussing if they agree/disagree with CH’s placement of their beloved pets on the graph.  So taking into consideration the comments the original graph received we made our own version.  What do you think? Did we get it right?

Some changes we made: apparently ferrets are more work than originally imagined and snakes are less work and more fun?  We took fish into one category.  Sea monkeys & tamagotchi’s may have been popular in 2013, but I think we’re past that now, aren’t we?  We also have no interest in ants or tarantulas!  However, we decided to add ‘pet rocks’ and ‘chia pets’ when we read someone’s funny comment about their pet rock being so much fun (ya, right!).  Of course, we left on babies and your friend’s dog.  Agree?  Disagree?  Let us know!

In sum, if you have lots of time and money, a dragon is sure to be the most fun! ☺

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